Abortion numbers have been dropping, even in states without restrictions

According to the Guttmacher Institute, the number of abortions in America is dropping as more women choose life.

“Between 2010 and the most recent data available from 2013 and 2014, abortions have dropped another twelve percent nationally. Interestingly, some of the biggest declines occurred in states with few restrictions, such as Hawaii with a 30 percent decrease, New Mexico with a 24 percent decrease, and Nevada with a 22 percent decrease … Texas’ decline exactly matched the national average of 12 percent…This is consistent with the longer-term trends in Texas with a 42.3 percent reduction in the abortion rate since 1980 in comparison with Oregon and New Mexico, both states with few abortion restrictions, experiencing a 50.2 percent and 51.9 percent abortion rate decline respectively during the same period…

These trends are consistent with the fact that a smaller percentage of women facing unintended pregnancies have obtained an abortion. This number fell from 54 percent nationally in 1994 to 40 percent in 2008.”

Supreme Court of the United States brief WHOLE WOMAN’S HEALTH, ET AL., PETITIONERS v.JOHN HELLERSTEDT, M.D., COMMISSIONER OF THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, ETAL., RESPONDENTS ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT

BRIEF OF CITIZENLINK, CHARLOTTE LOZIER INSTITUTE AND STUDENTS FOR LIFE OF AMERICA, AMICI CURIAE SUPPORTING RESPONDENTS

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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One Response to Abortion numbers have been dropping, even in states without restrictions

  1. Bill Samuel says:

    Interesting. Unfortunately, those states with better safety nets often have few if any restrictions on abortion. I wonder if the quality of safety nets might be a big driver here, explaining why the states who are very permissive on abortion have had some of the larger declines in abortion rates.

    Sarah, I know both you and I think that protecting the life of the unborn should go hand in hand with a generous safety net, but unfortunately that is not usually the case.

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